Texas Integrated Flooding Framework

Coastal flood events result in billions of dollars in damage to coastal infrastructure.

For Texas to implement State and Regional Flood Planning, decision-makers need a more accurate understanding of coastal flood risks and the tools for effective mitigation planning.

Depth of coastal area flooding from 2001, 2008, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Texas Integrated Flooding Framework (TIFF)

Over the next four years, TIFF, led by the Texas Water Development Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Geological Survey, will develop the guidelines and processes for implementing an integrated framework to model, visualize, and plan for the risk of flooding in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TIFF components will compliment the many ongoing efforts to enhance flood science, mapping, modeling, warning, response, and planning in Texas.

TIFF Overview

Graphic of the integrated framework to model, visualize, and plan for flood risks

What is Compound Flooding?

The most common type of compound flooding is a combination of storm surge and riverine flooding that can produce floodwaters longer in duration and more spatially extensive than anticipated.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2012) defines compound flooding as

  • Two or more extreme events occurring simultaneously or successively.
  • Combinations of extreme events with underlying conditions that amplify the impact of the events.
  • Combinations of events that are not themselves extremes but lead to an extreme event or impact when combined.
Diagram showing how storm surge and heavy rain can combine to increase flood water depth

TIFF Components

Four primary components will be done in parallel, in collaboration with each other, and through an iterative process, with the help of technical advisory teams.

Graph of Barker Reservoir forecast
Establish a data plan
Screenshot of the InFRM Base Flood Elevation Tool
Identify data standards and methods
Diagram of flooding along the Texas Coast
Develop a conceptual model-coupling strategy
Map of CDBG-DR eligible counties in Texas
Conduct and coordinate outreach

Technical Advisory Teams

Each component has a technical advisory team made up of experts from Texas and the U.S. Team members serve on the component team aligned with their expertise. Team membership is voluntary.

Initial invitees were chosen by the Steering Committee; however, if an invitee could not participate, they could nominate someone to fill the space. Approximately 100 invitations were sent to potential technical advisory team members.

An example of the expertise needed for the component 1 technical advisory team is shown in the technical advisory team example graphic.

Technical advisory team example

Steering Committee

Texas Water Development Board

Caimee Schoenbaechler
Caimee Schoenbaechler

Manager, Coastal Science

Amin Kiaghadi, Ph.D.
Amin Kiaghadi, Ph.D.

Coastal Flood Modeler

TIFF Project Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Coraggio Maglio, P.E.
Coraggio Maglio, P.E.

Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch Chief

Shahidul Islam, Ph.D., PE
Shahidul Islam, Ph.D., PE

Hydraulic Civil Engineer

U.S. Geological Survey

Michael T. Lee
Michael T. Lee

Gulf Coast Branch Chief

Samuel Rendon
Samuel Rendon

Hydrologist